St. Sidwell's Point
Exeter City Council government borrowing 2014-2022 bar chart

ANALYSIS  ⁄  ECONOMY & ENTERPRISE

Council borrowing nearly triples in three years as property acquisitions and development loans mount

Freedom of information request reveals five paragraph "outline business plan" for £55 million Guildhall shopping centre investment.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    How to inflate housing costs and influence people

    Despite Exeter’s rapidly worsening housing crisis, the council has continued its relentless promotion of the city as a destination to potential incomers by commissioning a coterie of Instagram influencers to flog the place to their followers after spending a May weekend here...

    ECONOMY & ENTERPRISE

  • Shops to let on Exeter High Street

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  ECONOMY & ENTERPRISE

    Do Exeter Labour election campaign claims stand up to scrutiny? Part II: Economy & city centre

    The second in our 2022 local elections series examines Exeter Labour claims about the city centre and Exeter's wider economy, including its misrepresentation of content marketing materials as authoritative sources of information about the city.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Bonanza on the buses

    There was no shortage of hyperbole to accompany last Sunday’s opening of Exeter’s glamorous new bus station...

    TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Exeter Guildhall needs repairs

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

    £37.5 million council maintenance backlog caused by underinvestment to be part-funded by asset sales

    Exeter City Council has allowed property assets to deteriorate while prioritising new schemes including the £44 million St. Sidwell's Point leisure centre, forcing it to identify assets for sale to pay its outstanding repair bills.

    Net Zero Exeter 2030 plan proposals vs Exeter territorial emissions vs Exeter carbon footprint bar chart

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

    Is the "Net Zero" Exeter plan fit for purpose?

    Exeter City Futures' carbon reduction plan ignores over a million tonnes of carbon emissions and massively underestimates the challenges facing the city.

    Exeter Paris Street construction site on which Roman remains were found

    ANALYSIS  ⁄  PLANNING & PLACE

    Echoes of Exeter's Roman past reveal risks to city's future vision

    The unexpected discovery of Roman remains on Exeter's bus station redevelopment site suggests significant risks may also exist for the adjacent Citypoint regeneration scheme.

    Exeter City Council city centre wards map

    NEWS  ⁄  DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

    Exeter Labour loses local elections in all three city centre wards

    Voters in Exeter yesterday elected three new councillors to represent them in the key wards that cover the city centre, with all the city's ruling Exeter Labour group candidates missing out despite the party's confident campaign.

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